ESPN.com reported that Hughes was being discussed in potential deals as late as Sunday.
"Other names being kicked around the league as potential trade candidates as Tuesday's trade deadline approaches are former Indianapolis Colts first-round pick Jerry Hughes and Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Juqua Parker."
Not everyone is set on the opinion that the Colts are going to trade Hughes, including Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.
However, if the Colts did decide to deal their former first-rounder, which teams would be fits?
These five teams might have a passing interesting in Hughes:
The Eagles are fine on the defensive line, and are even looking to deal Parker from what's turned into a loaded position. But Hughes has the kind of untapped pass rushing ability that the Eagles could afford to give time to, and he's still young. It'd be worth looking into.
The Bills might see a little too much Aaron Maybin in Hughes, but they are desperate for pass rush help. Their opportunistic defense needs more pressure if they are going to withstand the season. A change of scenery might be exactly what Hughes needs to jump-start his career.
New England Patriots
The Pats aren't shy about taking on projects like Hughes, and they could use more from their pass rush. I'm not sure if New England would be willing to give up a pick for Hughes, but he's certainly someone the Pats could groom.
Green Bay Packers
GM Ted Thompson rarely trades away picks, so this might be a long shot. However, the Packers are always looking for ways to upgrade the pass rush at outside linebacker. Kevin Greene might be able to make Hughes into a player, too.
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